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(in co-operation with Belfast City
Y.M.C.A.) May Blyth (soprano)
The BBC Northern Ireland
Symphony Orchestra
Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conductor, Walton O'Donnell from the Wellington Hall, Belfast
Sibelius's Luonnotar ' is a setting of the first canto of the Finnish national epic, the ' Kalevala ', which tells of the legend of the creation. It was first performed in England at the Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester in 1913. Cecil Gray points out that ' the score abounds in curious and interesting experiments in sonority. A particularly noteworthy feature is the writing for kettledrums which are continually playing in minor seconds simultaneously. Particularly arresting are the final pages with the semi-tonal clashes for drums, a four-part double-bass divisi, dissonant poly-tonal harmonies for strings and harps, and over it all an exquisitely poignant melodic line for the voice, rising and falling like the flight of a wounded bird '.


Conductor: Walton O'Donnell

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